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20th Sep '16 11:46:55 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Fanfic/ThePhoenixoftheWasteland'', Starlight Glimmer is this despite being [[Main/AdaptationalVillainy even more evil than her canon counterpart]] on the grounds that the [[Main/TheEmpire Holy Empire of Styx]] is a such a slave-driving, racial-supremacist, totalitarian, impoverished hellhole that even her visions at their most Orwellian look appealing by comparison.

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* In ''Fanfic/ThePhoenixoftheWasteland'', Starlight Glimmer is this despite being [[Main/AdaptationalVillainy [[AdaptationalVillainy even more evil than her canon counterpart]] on the grounds that the [[Main/TheEmpire [[TheEmpire Holy Empire of Styx]] is a such a slave-driving, racial-supremacist, totalitarian, impoverished hellhole that even her visions at their most Orwellian look appealing by comparison.
20th Sep '16 11:46:15 AM Ebony-the-Thestral
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* In ''Fanfic/ThePhoenixoftheWasteland'', Starlight Glimmer is this despite being [[Main/AdaptationalVillainy even more evil than her canon counterpart]] on the grounds that the [[Main/TheEmpire Holy Empire of Styx]] is a such a slave-driving, racial-supremacist, totalitarian, impoverished hellhole that even her visions at their most Orwellian look appealing by comparison.
19th Sep '16 11:43:03 AM intastiel
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* Sebastian in ''Webcomic/TrueVillains'' is a LivingLegend who took on heroic exploits more for the thrill and reward than any real benevolence. He becomes a VillainProtagonist more or less [[http://www.truevillains.com/comic-2007-12-08~N-To%20Be%20Expected-jpg.htm as soon]] as he gets a more interesting offer from a demon he'd intended to vanquish.
17th Aug '16 8:18:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Crowley in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' starts off as this. He's no less evil than the other demons, but he is the only one GenreSavvy enough to realize that it's in his best interest to [[spoiler:stop [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] from destroying humanity]].

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* Crowley in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' starts off as this. He's no less evil than the other demons, but he is the only one GenreSavvy enough to realize that it's in his best interest to [[spoiler:stop [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] from destroying humanity]].
17th Aug '16 7:40:39 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* La Sombra, La Máscara and especially Rush, the most hated man in Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, only avoided being officially designated rudos by the latter's sheer insistence that they were merely "Los Ingobernables, técnicos diferentes", and that the other técnicos they typically opposed like Volador Jr. and Wrestling/{{Mistico}} were still their brothers.
4th Aug '16 10:48:34 AM kome360
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* CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow: Said Lords of Shadow are the EnemyWithout of the original heroes of the Brotherhood, and have terrorized the Old World with hordes of monsters. However, due to a combination of MutuallyAssuredDestruction and fear of the REAL demons clawing their way from Hell, they've been forced to become the secret guardians of Earth - the license to kill anyone for fun is just a small bonus. Unfortunately, Zobek got sick of this détente with his bickering siblings and decided to take the fight to Hell for LevelGrinding... and got possessed by Satan for his trouble.
** In the sequel, Dracula has to save the world from Satan or he'll be tortured for eternity. He wouldn't care otherwise.
25th Jul '16 1:12:07 PM IamTheCaligula
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* The Light Warriors in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', except [[TokenGoodTeammate Fighter]], are {{Designated Hero}}es who only possess the distinction of being protagonists due to showing up at the recruiting station at the right time. Both in - story and by WordOfGod, they are far worse than any of the monsters they end up facing. The worst of the lot are Black Mage (a pure VillainProtagonist and an OmnicidalManiac who wants to deliver the world to Chaos) and Thief (a JerkAss MiserAdvisor who's only in it to screw over as many people as possible). Red Mage is an amoral {{Munchkin}} who's in it for the XP but will happily commit atrocities toward that end. Fighter, on the other hand, is an IdiotHero who is only going along because he [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter thinks they're actually on the side of good]].

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* The Light Warriors in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', except ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' (with the exception of [[TokenGoodTeammate Fighter]], are {{Designated Hero}}es who Fighter]]) only possess the distinction of being protagonists due to showing up at the recruiting station at the right time. Both in - story in-story and by WordOfGod, they are far worse than any of the monsters they end up facing. The worst of the lot are Black Mage (a pure VillainProtagonist and an OmnicidalManiac who wants to deliver the world to Chaos) [[GodOfEvil Chaos]]) and Thief (a cleptomanic JerkAss MiserAdvisor and race elitist who's only in it to screw over as many people as possible). Red Mage is an amoral {{Munchkin}} who's in it for the XP but will happily commit atrocities toward that end. Fighter, on the other hand, is an IdiotHero who is only going along with the others because he [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter thinks they're actually on the side of good]].
22nd Jul '16 11:59:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Gensokyo, the setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, is ''run'' by these. [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] is, at best, motivated by a desire for her life to be predictable mixed with not wanting it to be too boring, either, and is at worst solely motivated by the [[{{Greed}} possibility of getting donations]] and being a SlaveToPR. [[CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame]] is one part motivated by the prospect of [[KleptomaniacHero getting to loot]] [[StickyFingers magical artifacts]] from the villain's lair, one part the opportunity to upstage [[TheRival Reimu]] and one part [[BloodKnight getting to kick someone in the teeth]]. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] is more interested in alleviating her own boredom and maintaining her power than actually fixing Gensoukyou's problems (and she's not the harmless kind of vampire, either). [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Sanae Kochiya]] is interested in spreading the worship of and gathering faith for her ancestor-goddesses. [[HalfHumanHybrid Youmu Konpaku]] fights because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong her mistress says so]], as does Remilia's maid Sakuya Izayoi, who is also implied to have done [[DarkSecret something ''really'' nasty in the past]]. And [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] is the {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who founded Gensoukyou as a FantasticNatureReserve and everything she does is to further the survival of {{youkai}}, up to and including striking up deals with the humans that favor ''them'', because she knows that if humans become content and don't feel as threatened by youkai, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll lose their edge and become easier prey]].

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* Gensokyo, the setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, is ''run'' by these. [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] is, at best, motivated by a desire for her life to be predictable mixed with not wanting it to be too boring, either, and is at worst solely motivated by the [[{{Greed}} possibility of getting donations]] and being a SlaveToPR. [[CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame]] is one part motivated by the prospect of [[KleptomaniacHero getting to loot]] [[StickyFingers magical artifacts]] from the villain's lair, one part the opportunity to upstage [[TheRival Reimu]] and one part [[BloodKnight getting to kick someone in the teeth]]. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] is more interested in alleviating her own boredom and maintaining her power than actually fixing Gensoukyou's problems (and she's not the harmless kind of vampire, either). [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Sanae Kochiya]] is interested in spreading the worship of and gathering faith for her ancestor-goddesses. [[HalfHumanHybrid Youmu Konpaku]] fights because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong her mistress says so]], as does Remilia's maid Sakuya Izayoi, who is also implied to have done [[DarkSecret something ''really'' nasty in the past]]. And [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] is the {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who founded Gensoukyou as a FantasticNatureReserve and everything she does is to further the survival of {{youkai}}, up to and including striking up deals with the humans that favor ''them'', because she knows that if humans become content and don't feel as threatened by youkai, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll lose their edge and become easier prey]].prey.
18th Jul '16 11:11:42 AM SimiOfDoom
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* Karsa Orlong from Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' is just about as anti as a hero can get. Being something of a {{deconstruction}} of the ProudWarriorRaceGuy, Karsa aims to improve the world... by slaughtering millions of people and smashing civilization back to barbarism.

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* Karsa Orlong from Steven Erikson's ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
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is just about as anti as a hero can get. Being something of a {{deconstruction}} of the ProudWarriorRaceGuy, Karsa aims to improve the world... by slaughtering millions of people and smashing civilization back to barbarism.barbarism.
** Seerdomin is a hero to The Redeemer's followers, because his daily presence at the barrow discourages bandits from entering the camp surrounding it, but his reasons for visiting are rather personal and he is even surprised that people would look up to him.
17th Jul '16 12:27:27 AM Philweasel
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* Nagash is one of TabletopGame/Warhammer's biggest douchbags, and likely the single most evil person in the setting. He still has a vested interest against Chaos destroying the world however, and so for a good chunk of the lore he's technically been a "good guy". The quote marks are very much justified, and in TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar it's no real surprise when he finally gives in to his baser urges. It's fair to say he was only prevented from betraying everyone in TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes because one of the other "Why are we friends with this guy again?" characters betrayed ''him'' before he had the chance.

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* Nagash is one of TabletopGame/Warhammer's TabletopGame/Warhammer biggest douchbags, and likely the single most evil person in the setting. He still has a vested interest against Chaos destroying the world however, and so for a good chunk of the lore he's technically been a "good guy". The quote marks are very much justified, and in TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar it's no real surprise when he finally gives in to his baser urges. It's fair to say he was only prevented from betraying everyone in TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes because one of the other "Why are we friends with this guy again?" characters betrayed ''him'' before he had the chance.
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